Executive Director, Casey Houlihan
Casey is a small business owner and political consultant that has been actively involved in developing cannabis policy in Oregon for years - and brings with him some serious institutional knowledge. He led the statewide field campaign for Measure 91 with New Approach Oregon, and before that he worked with Democracy Resources to help qualify the measure for the ballot. He has worked as a labor organizer, a legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislature, Deputy Communications Director for two Eugene-area representatives, and has worked on campaigns of all shapes and sizes across the country. He co-owns businesses in Eugene, consults for businesses statewide, and lives in Portland.
Jesse Bontecou, Membership Services
Jesse Bontecou has been heavily involved in managing electoral and issue campaigns in Oregon for the past 13 years. He has worked with over 100 campaigns and has been responsible for creating and running some of the most successful voter contact and volunteer programs in the country. His long list of personal relationships with elected officials and staffers is a great asset to ORCA. A proud Reed College alumni, he specializes in messaging, compliance, operational planning.
Anthony Johnson, Policy Analyst
Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm.